Who doesn’t love fish and chips? In this true-ish origin story, you’ll find out how the iconic British fish dish was inspired by a serendipitous accident, and is actually not British at all!
Joseph Malin loves his grandmother’s fried fish. It’s so good, he thinks he can sell it to help bring in money for his immigrant family. He hawks it on the streets of 19th Century London’s East End, and it’s a hit! But then, disaster strikes. Annette, the greengrocer across the street, decides to hawk her own family favourite – Belgian-style fried potatoes. Joseph has to work even harder now to make ends meet. His resentment sizzles as vigorously as his delicious fried fish.
The competition between Joseph and Annette heats up. They sidle past each other in the crowded market, carrying their bulky trays and glowering, each trying to shout louder, sing better, sell more than their rival. Until one day…Crash!
The two rivals collide.
Chips slip. Fish flies.
Annette and Joseph are both ruined! Or---perhaps not. Perhaps they’ve literally stumbled upon a good idea. What if they joined Joseph’s fish and Annette’s chips into one mouth-wateringly, lip-smackingly, palate-pleasing combo platter of Fish and Chips?
The plan works, and before long, Annette and Joseph are operating the very first Fish and Chips shop in the world. Thanks to good fortune and grandma’s recipes, they have invented the iconic British menu item (no mushy peas, though!).